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City can get better and better, says Milner

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James Milner insists there is no room for Manchester City to sit back and bask in the glory of last season's achievements, as Roberto Mancini and Co. look to push forward again in 2011-12.

After the considerable backing from Eastlands owner Sheikh Mansour, the Citizens have started to see a return on investment when the club ended its 35-year wait for major silverware with the capture of the FA Cup.

They followed that up with a third-placed finish in the Barclays Premier League, securing qualification for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history.

And as the squad prepare to hit the ground running next season, Milner spoke of the importance to carry momentum into the new campaign.

"The main thing is to push Manchester City forward as a club," the England international told Sky Sports News. "We had a good season last season but it's all about bettering that.


 

"Third in the league is a good achievement. [But] to do what we did again last season, you have to keep pushing on and keep improving year on year."

"Every team has strengthened their squad as well and there are obviously a lot of top teams," he continued. "The Champions League is going to be a new experience for us as a squad, so we will see what happens and take things as they come."

Milner wouldn't be drawn on a specific target for City next season, but reiterated his belief that the undoubted potential of the squad certainly bodes well for the future.

"Last year we didn't really give ourselves targets, we knew that the target was fourth place but we didn't just settle for that, we kept going and seeing what we could achieve.

"I'm sure we will do that this year and who knows what we can achieve."

Despite the relatively early stages of the pre-season, Mancini has been pleased with the way his side have progressed on tour, and said that their recent result against Club America was promising.

"The team is working very hard in training and I am pleased with how things are going. We haven't been training that long, but the performance against Club America was very encouraging," Mancini said.

He also revealed that it's possible Mario Balotelli and David Silva could be available for tonight's match against Vancouver Whitecaps. The pair were absent from City's win against America as Balotelli was ill and Silva has a slight knee problem.

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